Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 16th Jul 2012 22:24 UTC
Features, Office Microsoft has released a consumer preview for Office 2013. Highlighting the age-old internal tug-of-war between the Office and Windows divisions within Microsoft, it's just a desktop application, no Metro, and the only nod to that whole touch/tablet-thing is a special mode that does very little. So, Windows 8 is just around the corner, and still not a single serious Metro application. Not even Microsoft's own flagship suite - heck, not even a single application within that suite - could be adapted to Metro in time. Serious vote of confidence from the Office division there.
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Back in MY day (I'm 153 years old :p), whenever a new version of a productivity app was released (by Microsoft, WordPerfect, Lotus, Borland, Ashton Tate, IBM, Harvard Graphics, Ventura, Adobe, Quark, etc), there would be reviews that appeared in publications like PC World, Mac World, Mac User, PC Magazine, etc, which would go into great detail about all the new features, and how they stacked up to competing products. Those reviews were written by people that actually knew something about the product. Today it seems that reviews/previews are written by "gadget" enthusiasts and "Web 2.0" (remember that lame term? lol) enthusiasts, and they are not qualified to review such products in any way, shape, or form. And it's shown in their writings, which miss entire areas of new functionality, miss entire areas of scenarios of usage.

Why bother? Almost everybody uses Office or Adobe, and you usually do not have a say, it is your company's IT department decision (and sometimes even the accounting department decision).

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